The City Deal consultation on the Cambourne to Cambridge corridor is currently open, closing Monday 23rd November. We will be responding to the consultation on issues relating to cycling.
The Cambourne to Cambridge corridor currently lacks a continuous surfaced off-road cycle route, putting it behind many other areas of South Cambridgeshire on safe cycling routes for all. A recently-published report shows the increase in active travel and reduction in car use for those near the northern Guided Busway route, demonstrating the adage: “Build it and they will come!”.
All of the Area 2 options must provide this vital cycling link, not only for Cambourne, but for all the villages on this corridor which could be connected to each other, as well as Cambridge. A safe walking and cycling route will allow more people to walk or cycle to local schools and shops. It allows community groups to meet without needing to drive. It allows children to safely visit friends without being reliant on parents for lifts. A safe cycling route along this corridor would enhance the community as well as improving links to the city.
Within Cambridge we object to options Area 1 North and Area 1 Central. The addition of a bus lane in the limited space of Madingley Road rules out much-needed improvements for walking and cycling. The NorthWest Cambridge site will add 3000 new houses and 2000 postgrad dwellings, and the West Cambridge site intensification will increase the amount of commuting in the area. The existing walking and cycling conditions are poor shared-use facilities, disliked by pedestrians and people on bikes alike. Just as Cambourne lags behind South Cambs, Madingley Road is behind on a high quality segregated cycle route which other parts of the city are starting to enjoy. This is especially important for links to the north and east of the city, which are not served by the Coton Path.
In our consultation response we will also be drawing attention to the problems of the connections to the Coton Path. The Coton Path itself is an exemplary facility, but the connections to Coton and the city centre have many problems. The city centre end of the route via Garret Hostel Lane is increasingly busy, and with more new journeys to come this route will not be able to cope.
Please take the time to respond to the consultation. Even if you rarely visit Cambourne yourself, how others get to and from Cambridge affects everyone who travels in the city.